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San Diego Air & Space Museum Brings "Speed" to San Diego in 2018

The fastest vehicles in the world roar into San Diego all year long as SPEED: Science in Motion -- a fun, interactive adventure for all ages – highlights the world's most iconic, record-setting planes, spacecraft, race cars and more.

The Museum is focusing on competition, record setting and racing throughout 2018.

San Diego, CA The San Diego Air & Space Museum is focusing on competition, record setting and racing throughout 2018, with the Museum’s planes, jets, cars, space vehicles, motorcycles, and more – including some of the fastest vehicles known to mankind – having their top speeds posted next to them for everyone to enjoy.

The heart of the Museum’s year-long celebration of speed is a new special exhibition, SPEED: Science in Motion – a fun, interactive adventure of everything fast.

The Museum invited Scitech and Imagine Exhibitions to bring SPEED: Science in Motion to augment the world’s fastest aircraft and space vehicles already on display at the Museum, including the record-setting Mach 3 plus Blackbird, which set numerous records for the fastest speeds achieved in an airplane while flying at more than 2,200 miles per hour. Also at the Air & Space Museum is the original Apollo 9 capsule, the predecessor of Apollo 10, which set the record for the fastest speed in space by traveling 24,791 miles per hour on May 26, 1969. The Bell X-1 replica prominently displayed in the Museum’s Rotunda ushered in the supersonic age when it broke the sound barrier on October 14, 1947.

In a move never tried before, the Museum will change out the display vehicles in SPEED: Science in Motion every month, beginning with “Land-Speed Record-Holders” in February. Currently on display is the famous Arfons “Green Monster” car, which set records at more than 600 miles per hour in 1965; “Ack Attack,” the fastest motorcycle in the world at 376.4 mph; Ferguson Racing’s “Paramount Forge” SCTA record holder streamliner car with a top speed of 349.939 mph at Bonneville in 2016; a national LSR holder1963 Studebaker Avanti, with Best Standing Mile of 185.4 mph; a record-setting Moto Guzzi Motorcycle, with a top speed of 170.856mph; the Bagnell-Chenowth Racing 500cc motorcycle land speed record holder with a top speed of 130.672 mph; a specially-designed bicycle used by Denise Mueller to set the Women’s LSR at 147.7 mph; a rare Belly Tank Car; and an iconic 1920s Miller Indy Car.

“This is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the most iconic Land-Speed Record-Holders together in the same place for the first time ever,” said Jim Kidrick, President and CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. “Throughout 2018, SPEED: Science in Motion offers an exciting lineup of the fastest planes, jets, rockets, cars, motorcycles, boats, and bicycles in the world. Don’t miss it!”

After “Land-Speed Record-Holders,” March features “Drag Racing,” with “Race Boats” roaring into the Museum in April. “Speed, Elegance and Electric” kicks off the summer in May, June is “Sports Cars,” and “Hot Rods” heat up July. “Motorcycles, Bicycles and Lowriders” rumble into the Museum in August, and “Open Wheel and Go Karts” take over in September.

A rare glimpse of famous “Hollywood and Movie Cars” debuts in October, and “Drift, Rally and Interactive Cars” are on tap for November. “Off-Road” rounds out SPEED in December. Check back to the Museum’s website for monthly updates.

SPEED: Science in Motion is for adventurers of all ages, testing minds and bodies in a unique and engaging environment. The exhibition replicates the high-octane action of the Formula 1 racetrack, complete with pit lane, workshop and physical testing environments. This immersive experience is designed to unravel the cutting edge science and technology behind professional motor sports. Visitors can challenge themselves through hands-on exhibits and displays, to see if they have the skills, fitness and reactions to race at over 125 miles per hour.

SPEED: Science in Motion runs through 2018. Tickets are available at the door.


The San Diego Air & Space Museum is California’s official air and space museum and education center. The Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and it was the first aero-themed Museum to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. The Museum and gift store are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with admissions until 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Imagine Exhibitions is currently producing over 25 unique exhibitions in museums, science centers, aquariums, integrated resorts, and non-traditional venues worldwide. In addition to developing successful traveling exhibitions, Imagine Exhibitions designs, opens, and operates permanent installations and venues, and consults on building, expanding, and directing museums and attractions. With over 25 years of diverse experience in the museum and entertainment industries, Imagine Exhibitions consistently develops exhibitions that educate and excite while exceeding attendance goals. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook.

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